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Pony Express

The Pony Express was a mail delivery service. It used horses and riders that would relay mail to and from set stations.

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Why did the telegraph destroy the pony express?

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the telegraph replaced it. i just did a project on the pony express!

Where is the pony express route?

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The Pony Express began on April 3, 1860 from St. Joe, MO, and shut down just 18 months later. It consisted of a string of some 190 relay or stock stations between St. Joe, Missouri, and California. 80 young men, many orphans, and 500 horses made up the Pony Express. The Express made 308 transcontinental runs covering 606,000 miles and carried almost 35,000 pieces of mail. In its 18 months of existence, only one mail pouch was lost!!

Why was the pony express a faster mail service than the butterfield overland mail service?

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People who rode the Pony express ran the horses as fast as they could all the way to the checkpoint. The horses that pulled Stagecoaches walked which made them slower than the Pony Express. There were no boats with engines when the Pony Express was around so boats moved slower and faster depending on the weather and it all had to be done by hand.

What was the pony express?

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the pony express is a mail delivery service running from St. Joseph to Sacramento

What was the pony express replaced by?

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The united states postal service

How long did it take for the pony express to get across the country?

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The Pony Express could average 12 to 15 miles per hour, including stops. The speed was maintained by having fresh horses every 10 to 15 miles along the greater part of the routes. The rider and mailbags would quickly transfer from horse to horse, with a rider riding for an average of 10 hours, but sometimes as long as 20.

When did Highland Express Airways end?

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Sky Express ended in 2011.

Did the pony express end and when did it end?

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The invention and creation of the telegraph made a faster and cheaper method to send information across the nation, The Pony Express ended because of an advance in technology.

How did Darius's pony-express system affect Persia?

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It affected Persia by helping people communicate with people form thousands of miles away from their capital.

What breed of horse was used for the Pony Express?

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I was always told the Missouri Foxtrotter was the primary horse used for the Pony Express?

What were the job of the riders of the pony express?

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It easy they sent mail to the people before they invented trains.

How many miles is the pony express?

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In good conditions, the Pony Express could carry mail up to 200 miles in a day.

How long did it take to deliver the mail between Missouri and California before the pony express?

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The headquarters of the operation was in the Patee House in St. Joseph

The Pony Express, established a year before the beginning of the American Civil War, reflected the need of providing fast and reliable communication with the West.

In 1845, it took President James K. Polk six months to deliver a message to the Far West. Messages in those days had to travel around the tip of South America (Tierra del Fuego) or across the isthmus of Panama.

By 1860, the fastest route was the Butterfield Stage line from St. Louis, Missouri, through El Paso, Texas, which took 25 days. It was almost 600 miles (950 km) shorter to deliver the mail over a central or northern route. There were concerns, however, whether these alternatives were viable during the winter snows.

In 1854, Benjamin Franklin Ficklin, an employee of the firm of Russell, Majors and Waddell, is said to have first proposed a faster northern route to California Senator William M. Gwin. Russell, Majors and Waddell was one of the biggest outfitters for travelers on the Santa Fe and Oregon trails, operating out of a vast complex in the West Bottoms of Kansas City, Missouri. The firm also outfitted the army from its main western base at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

In October 1857, Russell, Majors and Waddell faced financial ruin when Lot Smith and his Nauvoo Legion destroyed 54 of their wagons during the Utah War. The Army did not reimburse the firm, and the company began looking for other avenues for funds. In 1859, they bought from Ben Holladay the contract to deliver mail between Leavenworth and Salt Lake City, Utah.

On January 27, 1860, William Hepburn Russell wired the firm from Leavenworth that Gwin was supporting a contract for California service on the central route provided that it be delivered in 10 days and be ready to debut by April. They renamed their Leavenworth & Pikes Peak Express to the Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express Company to attempt the feat.

The Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad had just opened in 1859 and was the first railroad to cross Missouri. It was 30 miles (48 km) up the Missouri River from Leavenworth in St. Joseph. It was determined that this would be the starting point for a rapid central mail route to California.

Alexander Majors and Ficklin assembled 190 relay stations over 1,966 miles (3,106 km) from St. Joseph to Sacramento, along with 50 riders and 500 horses. They completed the task in time for the April 3, 1860, opening. Ficklin later clashed with Russell and quit the business in July 1860. He become one of the incorporators of the Pacific Telegraph Company.

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dont know why you posted this Q in the automotive section ;p

Where is the Pony Express on HorseIsle?

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Horses are on any isle without an arena. If you haven't noticed already, wild horses have spawning spots. Some players usually make a note of these, and come back to them regularly. It is not guaranteed that you will find a horse in a spot again, as there are only 30 out at a time or someone may have caught it already.

Why did the Pony Express last only a year and a half?

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Two new inventions came in. The telegraph and the train.

Was there african american pony express riders?

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one from Missouri to Sacramento the other one from Sacramento to Mercedes California

When was the last drop of mail for the pony express?

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The date the Pony Express ended was at the year 1861

How do people express their individuality?

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People can express their identity in many ways: by the clothes they wear, by the friends they have, by their behavior and even by the choices they make.

What was the effect of the pony express?

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For the time, it was exceptionally fast and it was reliable. It was also very expensive at $5 per half ounce (about $85 for a one page letter) which meant that the market for such a service had no growth potential. There was also no possible way to make the service any faster. The telegraph took over the market once the line was completed and it was faster and much cheaper.